When you face challenges in your business or your life are you a potato, an egg or a coffee bean?
Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans
A young woman was talking to her dad one day and decided to be open with him and share that she was miserable and was struggling to carry on in her business. She had had enough of keeping trying all the time. She felt that as soon as she solved one problem, another one seemed to appear. She was tired of it and wanted out.
Her dad, who was a chef, took her to the kitchen where he put three pots of water on a high fire and brought them to the boil.
He added a potato to the first pot, an egg to the second one and ground coffee beans to the third pot.
His daughter complained and waited impatiently whilst the three pots were boiling. Her dad didn't say a thing.
After about 20 minutes, he took the pots off the fire and took out the potatoes and eggs and placed them in two bowls. He then ladled the coffee into a cup.
He then asked his daughter to describe what she could see. She quickly replied, "Potatoes, eggs and coffee of course!"
Her dad encouraged her to look closer. Really look at each item, touch it and describe it.
"The potato is soft and the egg is hard boiled", she said. She tasted the coffee and it tasted great! "Dad, what are you trying to teach me?", she asked.
"The potatoes, eggs and coffee beans all faced the same adversity, being in the boiling water BUT each one reacted differently", he replied.
"The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in the boiling water, it became soft and weak".
"The egg was fragile, with a thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior. When it went into the boiling water, it became hard"
"The ground coffee was unique. The boiling water changed because of what the coffee did to it and something new was created"
The father said to his daughter, "I want you to learn that things will always happen around you and sometimes, they will happen to you. The only thing you can do is decide what happens within you"
So, when the boiling water comes to you in your business or your life, which one are you going to be? A potato, an egg or a coffee bean?
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